European Renaissance And Reformation

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  • 1. 

    The term renaissance means

    • A.

      Rebirth

    • B.

      Rebuilding

    • C.

      Awakening

    • D.

      Later period

    Correct Answer
    A. Rebirth
    Explanation
    The term "renaissance" refers to a period in history characterized by a revival or rebirth of interest in art, literature, and learning. It signifies a renewed or revitalized cultural and intellectual movement, often associated with the transition from the Middle Ages to the Modern era. Therefore, the correct answer is "rebirth."

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  • 2. 

    The artist who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was

    • A.

      Raphael

    • B.

      Donatello

    • C.

      Michelangelo

    • D.

      Leonardo da Vinci

    Correct Answer
    C. Michelangelo
    Explanation
    Michelangelo is the correct answer because he was the artist who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. He spent four years working on the masterpiece, which depicts various scenes from the Bible, including the famous creation of Adam. Michelangelo's intricate and detailed frescoes on the ceiling are considered one of the greatest achievements in Western art history.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following was written as a guide for how to gain power and keep it?

    • A.

      The Prince

    • B.

      Decameron

    • C.

      The Courtier

    • D.

      The Praise of Folly

    Correct Answer
    A. The Prince
    Explanation
    "The Prince" was written as a guide for how to gain power and keep it. This book, written by Niccolò Machiavelli in the 16th century, explores political strategies and tactics that rulers can employ to maintain their authority. It discusses topics such as the importance of maintaining a strong military, the use of deception and manipulation, and the necessity of making tough decisions for the greater good of the state. Machiavelli's work has been highly influential in the field of political science and is still widely studied today.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following was made up of large city-states?

    • A.

      Spain

    • B.

      France

    • C.

      England

    • D.

      Northern Italy

    Correct Answer
    D. Northern Italy
    Explanation
    Northern Italy was made up of large city-states during the Renaissance period, such as Florence, Venice, and Milan. These city-states were independent and had their own governments, economies, and cultural identities. They were known for their wealth, trade, and patronage of the arts, making northern Italy a hub of innovation and cultural development during that time. In contrast, Spain, France, and England were not characterized by the same city-state structure.

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  • 5. 

    According to Castiglione and others, the ideal "Renaissance man" was

    • A.

      Politically effective

    • B.

      Shrewd to the point of slyness

    • C.

      Skilled in a wide variety of areas

    • D.

      Willing to sacrifice for the good of others

    Correct Answer
    C. Skilled in a wide variety of areas
    Explanation
    The ideal "Renaissance man" according to Castiglione and others was someone who possessed a wide range of skills and knowledge in various areas. This person was not only intellectually well-rounded but also capable of excelling in different fields. Being skilled in a wide variety of areas allowed the Renaissance man to adapt to different situations and contribute in various ways. This characteristic was highly valued during the Renaissance period as it reflected the belief in the importance of a well-rounded education and the ability to excel in multiple disciplines.

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  • 6. 

    During the 1400s and 1500s, all of the following contributed to weakening the Church EXCEPT

    • A.

      New translations of the Bible

    • B.

      The formation of the Jesuit order

    • C.

      European rulers' attitudes toward the pope

    • D.

      Northern European merchants reactions to Church taxes

    Correct Answer
    B. The formation of the Jesuit order
    Explanation
    During the 1400s and 1500s, various factors contributed to weakening the Church. New translations of the Bible played a significant role by allowing individuals to interpret religious texts themselves, challenging the Church's authority. European rulers' attitudes toward the pope also weakened the Church, as some rulers began to assert their own power over religious matters. Additionally, northern European merchants reacted negatively to Church taxes, further eroding the Church's influence. However, the formation of the Jesuit order actually strengthened the Church rather than weakening it. The Jesuits were known for their dedication to education, missionary work, and combating the Protestant Reformation, which helped to revitalize the Church.

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  • 7. 

    The doctrine of predestination was central to the religious teaching of

    • A.

      John Calvin

    • B.

      Pope Paul III

    • C.

      Martin Luther

    • D.

      Ignatius of Loyola

    Correct Answer
    A. John Calvin
    Explanation
    The correct answer is John Calvin because he was a prominent figure in the Protestant Reformation and a key proponent of the doctrine of predestination. Calvin believed that God has predetermined the fate of every individual, whether they will be saved or damned, and that humans have no control over their own salvation. This belief was central to his religious teaching and had a significant influence on the development of Calvinism.

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  • 8. 

    Martin Luther's 95 theses were an attack on the Church's

    • A.

      Attitudes toward the poor

    • B.

      Methods of raising money

    • C.

      Reluctance to conduct services in local languages

    • D.

      Insistance that good works help to secure salvation

    Correct Answer
    B. Methods of raising money
    Explanation
    Martin Luther's 95 theses were an attack on the Church's methods of raising money. In his theses, Luther criticized the practice of selling indulgences, which were certificates that supposedly granted forgiveness for sins and reduced time in purgatory. The Church was using this method to raise money for various projects, including the construction of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Luther believed that salvation could not be bought or earned through monetary contributions, but rather, it was a gift from God that could only be obtained through faith. His critique of the Church's financial practices was one of the key factors that led to the Protestant Reformation.

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  • 9. 

    The main reason begind the split between the English church and the Roman Catholic Church was Henry VIII's

    • A.

      Religious beliefs

    • B.

      Desire for a male heir

    • C.

      Treatment of Catherine of Aragon

    • D.

      Unwillingness to pay Church taxes

    Correct Answer
    B. Desire for a male heir
    Explanation
    Henry VIII's desire for a male heir was the main reason behind the split between the English church and the Roman Catholic Church. Henry VIII wanted a son to secure the Tudor dynasty's succession, but his wife Catherine of Aragon was unable to provide a male heir. As a result, Henry sought an annulment from the Pope, which was denied. This led to Henry's break with the Roman Catholic Church and the establishment of the Church of England, with Henry as its head.

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following reformers was excommunicated by Pope Leo X?

    • A.

      John Calvin

    • B.

      John Wycliffe

    • C.

      Martin Luther

    • D.

      Ignatius of Loyola

    Correct Answer
    C. Martin Luther
    Explanation
    Martin Luther was excommunicated by Pope Leo X because of his criticism of the Catholic Church and his role in the Protestant Reformation. Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, which he nailed to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany, challenged the Church's practices, particularly the sale of indulgences. This led to a significant split within Christianity and the formation of the Lutheran Church. The excommunication meant that Luther was officially expelled from the Catholic Church and considered a heretic.

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  • 11. 

    The "Dark Ages" is another term for the ______________

    Correct Answer
    Middle Ages
    Explanation
    The "Dark Ages" is a term commonly used to refer to the Middle Ages. This period in European history, from the 5th to the 15th century, was characterized by a decline in learning and cultural achievements compared to the preceding Roman Empire. The term "Dark Ages" suggests a lack of progress and a general lack of enlightenment during this time, which is often contrasted with the Renaissance that followed.

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  • 12. 

    The Spanish Armada was defeated by England's navy during the reign of _____________

    Correct Answer
    Elizabeth I
    Explanation
    During the reign of Elizabeth I, the Spanish Armada was defeated by England's navy. Elizabeth I was the queen of England from 1558 to 1603 and her reign was marked by several conflicts with Spain. The defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 was a significant event in English history as it ensured the dominance of England's navy and marked the beginning of England's rise as a global naval power.

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  • 13. 

    Besides being skilled painters, Donatello and Michelangelo were also talented ________________

    Correct Answer
    sculptors
    Explanation
    Donatello and Michelangelo were not only skilled painters but also talented sculptors. This means that in addition to their painting abilities, they were also highly skilled in the art of sculpting. Their talent extended beyond one form of art, allowing them to create beautiful sculptures alongside their paintings.

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  • 14. 

    The Reformation is the name given to the religious movement begun by _______________

    Correct Answer
    Martin Luther
    Explanation
    The Reformation refers to the religious movement initiated by Martin Luther. Martin Luther was a German theologian and religious reformer who challenged the practices and teachings of the Catholic Church in the 16th century. He is best known for his Ninety-Five Theses, which criticized the sale of indulgences and called for reform within the Church. Luther's actions and writings sparked a widespread movement that led to the establishment of Protestantism and the division of Christianity into various denominations.

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  • 15. 

    To set aside a marriage as having not been legal is to ___________ the marriage.

    Correct Answer
    annul
    Explanation
    To set aside a marriage as having not been legal is to annul the marriage. Annulment is a legal process that declares a marriage null and void, as if it never happened. It is typically done when there are grounds to prove that the marriage was invalid from the beginning, such as fraud, bigamy, or lack of consent. Annulling a marriage essentially erases it from legal existence, restoring the individuals involved to their pre-marital status.

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  • 16. 

    The Mona Lisa, one of the world's most famous works of art, was painted by __________________

    Correct Answer
    Leonardo da Vinci
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci is widely recognized as the artist behind the creation of the Mona Lisa, which is considered one of the most renowned and iconic paintings in the world. Da Vinci was a talented artist, scientist, and inventor during the Renaissance period, and his masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, showcases his exceptional skill in portraiture and his ability to capture the enigmatic smile of the subject. The painting has captivated audiences for centuries and continues to be a symbol of artistry and beauty.

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  • 17. 

    The Huguenots were French _______________

    Correct Answer
    Protestants
    Explanation
    The Huguenots were French Protestants. This refers to a specific religious group in France during the 16th and 17th centuries who followed the teachings of the Protestant Reformation, which challenged the authority of the Catholic Church. The Huguenots faced persecution and discrimination from the Catholic majority, leading to religious conflicts and ultimately the migration of many Huguenots to other countries. Their presence and influence had a significant impact on French history and society.

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  • 18. 

    The head of the Anglican Church was declared to be the ________________

    Correct Answer
    king of England
    Explanation
    During the English Reformation, the head of the Anglican Church was declared to be the king of England. This was a significant development as it established the monarch as the supreme authority in both religious and political matters within England. The declaration of the king as the head of the Anglican Church was a break from the authority of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church, marking the establishment of the Church of England as a separate entity. This decision had far-reaching consequences for the religious and political landscape of England.

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  • 19. 

    The name Anabaptist is from Greek, meaning ______________

    Correct Answer
    baptize again
    Explanation
    The name Anabaptist is derived from the Greek words "ana" meaning "again" and "baptize" meaning "to immerse or wash." Therefore, the correct answer, "baptize again," accurately reflects the meaning of the term Anabaptist. Anabaptists were a group of Christians who believed in adult baptism and rejected the practice of baptizing infants, hence the name "baptize again" as they believed in baptizing individuals who had already been baptized as infants.

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  • 20. 

    England's Renaissance is referred to as the _________________

    Correct Answer
    Elizabethan Age
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Elizabethan Age. The Elizabethan Age refers to the period in English history during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, which was known for its flourishing of arts, literature, and exploration. This era saw the rise of renowned playwrights such as William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe, as well as the establishment of the English Renaissance. Queen Elizabeth I's patronage of the arts and her support for exploration and colonization contributed to the cultural and intellectual advancements of this period.

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